Wallentine to Stand Trial for Manslaughter, Disposing of Dead Human Body
Jacob Wallentine, 27, will stand trial in District Court for allegedly causing the death of 27-year-old Tamlyn Delgado and attempting to dispose of her body.
Wallentine is accused of felony manslaughter, disposing of a dead human body to avoid a felony, and delivery of a controlled substance.
Prosecutors allege that Wallentine injected Delgado with heroin on Sept. 30, causing her to die from an overdose, and staging her body inside her own vehicle at the Eagle’s Nest Apartments.
Kyle Borgialli, a special agent assigned to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, testified that Delgado was found deceased in the driver’s seat of a dark-colored Buick SUV on Oct. 3.
Reportedly, she had a black band around her arm and a syringe on her lap.
Borgialli said that investigators recovered two used condoms outside the vehicle and Delgado’s cell phone as evidence.
An autopsy was performed on Oct. 4, ruling the cause of death to be a “methamphetamine and morphine recreational drug overdose,” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.
Additionally, a rape kit revealed the presence of bodily fluids allegedly belonging to Wallentine.
Borgialli found, in Delgado’s phone, a number of correspondence between the victim and another person saved as “Wally.”
According to his testimony, Borgialli knew Wallentine to use “Wally” as an alias.
The case was turned over to DCI on Oct. 13. Soon after, a confidential source reached out, wishing to pass along information regarding the circumstances surrounding Delgado’s death.
DCI agents were informed that Delgado went to Wallentine’s residence on Mecent Avenue.
Borgialli testified that Wallentine gave Delgado a “hot shot,” a mixture of heroin and methamphetamine, causing her death, and that her body had been moved.
Reportedly, Borgialli received several similar statements from other confidential sources, who had witnessed the incident.
One source recalled seeing Wallentine, with two syringes in his hand, and Delgado go into a bathroom. Their position, Wallentine sitting on the sink, made it appear that he was preparing to inject Delgado with the hot shot, Borgialli said.
Another source reported seeing Delgado lying on Wallentine’s bed, her body limp and unresponsive. Wallentine allegedly refused to call an ambulance.
Statements from confidential sources and phone records showed Wallentine reaching out to several individuals, asking for Narcan, a nasal spray designed to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.
Several attempts to rouse Delgado were made, including CPR and placing her into a cold bath.
Eventually, it became obvious that Delgado had died, and everyone present said a prayer over her body, Borgialli said.
Court documents state that Wallentine dressed Delgado, wrapped her in a blanket, carried her to her vehicle, and placed her in the passenger seat.
Wallentine reportedly wiped down the bathroom with a cleaning agent in an attempt to destroy any evidence of Delgado’s presence.
Borgialli said one confidential source recalled Wallentine making a plan to make Delgado’s death appear to be a suicide.
Allegedly, Wallentine sat atop Delgado’s body in her vehicle and drove the car to the Eagle’s Nest Apartments, where she was later discovered.
Defense Attorney Denny Harts offered a closing argument that there was no evidence of a killing and nothing indicated that Wallentine had delivered any controlled substance.
Additionally, Harts argued, none of the confidential sources had actually witnessed Wallentine inject Delgado with drugs.
Harts also spoke out against the disposing of a dead human body charge, saying that charge would only be applicable if Wallentine had disposed of the body in a hidden, undisclosed, or transient location.
The parking lot of the Eagle’s Nest Apartments is not hidden, nor is it undisclosed or transient, Harts argued.
Chief Deputy County Attorney Nathan Henkes countered by saying that the evidence was in the eye witness accounts.
“People were present, they talk about the conditions, they talk about actions,” Henkes stated.
Additionally, by Wallentine giving drugs to Delgado, he had delivered them according to definitions outlined in state statute.
Phillips found there to be sufficient probable cause, evidenced by corroborating witness stories and the in-depth investigation on the part of Borgialli, to place the case into the hands of District Court.
Wallentine will stand trial for manslaughter, disposing of a dead human body to conceal a felony, delivery of a controlled substance, and two counts possession of a controlled substance.